• A warning is probably in order, both for those who want to avoid spoilers and those who don’t want to lose their lunch. For everyone else, watch this fascinating clip from a new Criterion documentary about Scanners’ special effects, directed by Michael Lennick and available as a supplement on our new edition of the film, out next week. In it, four of the film’s essential crew members—special makeup artists Stephan Dupuis and Chris Walas, director of photography Mark Irwin, and special effects supervisor Gary Zeller—talk about how they created the cult classic’s signature effect. You may be surprised by the rather simple solution they ultimately arrived at.


  • By thevoid99
    July 11, 2014
    04:42 PM

    Oh man..... my mind got fucking blown!!!!
  • By Keith Enright
    July 20, 2014
    01:11 PM

    Such an iconic visual from my early movie-loving days. Can't wait to get the disc next week and be reminded what the rest of the movie actually is!
  • By Something
    August 24, 2014
    03:09 AM

    This is probably the best moment in the film. I loved Michael Ironside in this.
  • By Gonzo135
    October 01, 2015
    11:29 AM

    Wow, that's fascinating. Such a tricky effect to do and pulled off in such a clever way.